Union Minister of state for skill development Ananth Kumar Hegde has once again created controversy by questioning Rahul Gandhi's religion in response to the questions raised by the opposition party about the Indian Air Force's airstrikes conducted across the Line of Control in Balakot on February 26.
The Union Minister who was addressing an election rally in Uttar Kannada, from where he is a five-time Lok Sabha MP, he questioned Rahul Gandhi’s religion and asked if the Congress chief can prove how “a person born to a Muslim father and Christian mother became a Gandhi”.
Hedge even asked whether Gandhi can give DNA proof to establish that he is a Brahmin.
“The whole world is talking about our courage and America, too. But some people in our country have doubts. Apparently, they want proof of the attack,” Hegde said. “But can a Muslim’s son provide proof as to how he became a Gandhi, a Brahmin? Can this outsider born to a Muslim father and Christian mother give proof of how he became a Brahmin? Will he give DNA proof?”
Hegde’s remark can be linked to Gandhi’s frequent temple visits in Gujarat ahead of state polls in 2017 where he had said that only he is a Hindu, but a 'Janeudhari Hindu', one who wears a sacred thread.
In 2018, before the assembly polls in Rajasthan, Gandhi had visited the
famous Brahma Temple in Pushkar and reportedly revealed his 'gotra' as kashmir
Hegde went on to allege that after the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, when it was asked to furnish the DNA sample of his kids to establish his identity, Sonia Gandhi had refused to let Rahul give his DNA. As a result of which, Priyanka gave her DNA, he claimed.
“When Rajeev Gandhi was assassinated, DNA of his kin was needed to establish his identity. When the sample of Rahul’s DNA was asked Sonia Gandhi refused to give. Instead, she asked to take samples of Priyanka. It’s not a joke. I can show it on records”. He said
Criticising Hedge for his remarks, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee
(KPCC) Dinesh Gundu Rao said that the Union Minister was once again indulging
in making “crude, crass and communal remarks against Rahul Gandhi”.
This is not the first time that Hegde has attacked Rahul. In January, he had called Gandhi a “hybrid specimen” who was “born to a Muslim and a Christian”.
Last year, during the Karnataka assembly polls, the union minister had dubbed the Congress president a 'fake Hindu'.